NSF – Environmental Engineering

Date Due: 10/20/17

Amount: undetermined

Summary: The goal of the Environmental Engineering program is to support transformative research which applies scientific and engineering principles to avoid or minimize solid, liquid, and gaseous discharges, resulting from human activities on land, inland and coastal waters, and air, while promoting resource and energy conservation and recovery. The program also fosters cutting-edge scientific research for identifying, evaluating, and monitoring the waste assimilative capacity of the natural environment and for removing or reducing contaminants from polluted air, water, and soils. Major areas of interest include: 1) enhancing the availability of high quality water supplies and 2) fate and transport of contaminants of emerging concern in air, water, solid waste, and soils.

Keywords: sustainability, engineering, water

Solicitation number: 17-1440

URL: URL: https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505332

NSF — Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST)

Date Due: 09/05/17, 2nd Wednesday in August annually thereafter

Amount:up to $400,000 (Exploratory, up to 2 years), up to $1.2M (Strategies, up to 3 years), up to $2M (Successful Project Expansion and Dissemination, 3 to 5 years)

Summary: As the nation continues to expand the horizon of opportunities and possibilities through advances in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), the need for a more diverse and well-prepared STEM workforce is also expanding1. The challenge of preparing citizens for the expanding workforce and the changing workplace environments calls for new innovations in STEM education2. ITEST is a research and development program that supports projects to promote PreK-12 student interests and capacities to participate in the STEM and information and communications technology (ICT) workforce of the future. The ITEST program supports research on the design, development, implementation, and selective spread of innovative strategies for engaging students in technology-rich experiences that: (1) increase student awareness of STEM occupations; (2) motivate students to pursue appropriate education pathways to STEM occupations; or (3) develop disciplinary-based knowledge and practices, or promote critical thinking, reasoning skills, or communication skills needed for entering STEM workforce sectors. ITEST projects may adopt an interdisciplinary focus that includes multiple STEM disciplines, focus on a single discipline, or focus on one or more sub-disciplines. The ITEST program supports projects that provide evidence for factors, instructional designs, and practices in formal and informal learning environments that broaden participation of students from underrepresented groups in STEM fields and related education and workforce domains. Projects that actively engage business and industry partners to better ensure that PreK-12 experiences foster the knowledge and skill-sets needed for emerging STEM occupations are strongly encouraged.

Keywords: technology, innovation, engineering, STEM, education

Limitations: An individual may serve as the PI for no more than one ITEST proposal during any given funding period.

Solicitation number: 17-565

~Due date is 09/05/17, 2nd Wednesday in August annually thereafter

URL: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17565/nsf17565.htm

NSF — Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Research Initiation Initiative (CRII)

Date Due: 08/08/18 2nd Wednesday in August annually thereafter

Amount: $175,000 for up to 2 years

Summary: CRII awards will be given to researchers to undertake exploratory investigations, to acquire and test preliminary data, develop collaborations within or across research disciplines, and/or develop new algorithms, approaches, and system designs/prototypes, which together or separately may lead to improved capacity to write successful proposals submitted to other programs in the future.

In preparing this proposal, PIs should refer to Section V.A for guidance about the organization of the proposal. PIs should be aware that reviewers will be asked to consider the following: 1) the appropriateness of the research objectives for the relatively short duration of the CRII award; 2) the potential of the research initiation activities to produce sufficient preliminary results to serve as the basis for future competitive research proposals; and 3) whether the activities are seen to be the necessary and critical steps for the PI to achieve research independence.

Keywords: engineering, information, interdisciplinary

Notes: Researchers from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Limitations: PI may submit one proposal per year and may not participate in more than two CRII competitions. These are early career awards. PI must be untenured or research faculty in their first three years in a primary academic position but not more than five years after completion of Ph.D.

Solicitation number: 16-565

~Amount is $175,000 for up to 2 years

~Due date is 08/09/17, 2nd Wednesday in August annually thereafter

URL: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2016/nsf16565/nsf16565.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click


NSF — Engineering and Systems Design (ESD)

Date Due: 09/15/17, annually thereafter; 01/24/18, annually thereafter

Amount: Not Specified

Summary: The Engineering and Systems Design (ESD) program supports fundamental research leading to new engineering and systems design methods and practices for specific global contexts.  In particular, ESD seeks intellectual advances in which the theoretical foundations underlying design and systems engineering are operationalized into rigorous and pragmatic methods for a specific context.

In addition, the program funds the rigorous theoretical and empirical characterization of new or existing methods for design and systems engineering, identifying in which global contexts and under which assumptions these methods are effective and efficient.  Such a global context includes both a domain (such as energy systems, consumer products, cyber-physical systems) and an economic, socio-political, environmental and technological context.

Research topics of interest include, but are not limited to: (1) Design for X, where X is either a specific domain or a specific concern; (2) Novel information and communication technologies; (3) Novel modeling formalisms and algorithms; (4) Novel integrated frameworks for design and systems engineering.

Keywords: engineering, energy, economics, technology, environment

Solicitation number: PD 17-1464

~Due date is 09/15/17, annually thereafter; 01/24/18, annually thereafter

URL: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13340

NSF – Engineering for Natural Hazards (ENH)

Date Due: 09/15/17, annually thereafter; 01/24/18, annually thereater

Amount: Not Specified

Summary: ENH supports fundamental research to understand and mitigate the impact of natural hazards, such as earthquakes, windstorms (such as tornadoes and hurricanes), tsunamis, and landslides, on constructed civil infrastructure. Research that considers civil infrastructure performance over its lifetime in the context of multiple hazards, that is, a multi-hazard approach, is encouraged.  Research may integrate engineering advances with other science and engineering fields.

Keywords: engineering, resilience

Solicitation number: PD 16-014Y

~Due date is 09/15/17, annually thereafter; 01/24/18, annually thereafter

URL: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505177&org=NSF&sel_org=NSF&from=fund


NSF – Cyberinfrastructure for Emerging Science and Engineering Research (CESER)

Date Due: Open

Amount: Not Specified

Summary: The overall goal of the Cyberinfrastructure for Emerging Science and Engineering Research (CESER) program is to foster the development of innovative cyberinfrastructure (CI) technologies and new means of leveraging existing CI resources to catalyze emerging areas of potentially transformative science and engineering research, including NSF priority areas, national strategic initiatives, and international collaborative research.

A key programmatic objective of CESER is to support early-stage efforts by collaborative teams of domain scientists and cyberinfrastructure developers/implementers to identify and address cyberinfrastructure needs in new research areas through the development and deployment of pilot, experimental, and innovative hardware or software systems or other unique cyberinfrastructure activities that enable new pathways to discovery.

Another program objective is to encourage holistic, systematic, and multidisciplinary CI approaches to address new opportunities to enable science and engineering research. Projects that integrate multiple cyberinfrastructure disciplines – such as computing, data infrastructure, software, workflow systems, and networking – to address an emerging scientific challenge are particularly welcomed.

CESER will also support projects that aim to expand the spectrum of research disciplines that, and users who, engage and contribute to a dynamic and enduring national research cyberinfrastructure ecosystem.

Activities proposed to this program should not be appropriate for funding by any other current programs/solicitations, and should be able to demonstrate the potential to evolve into innovative, scalable, highly useful and usable cyberinfrastructure. Eligible projects and unique activities should address a clearly identified and described scientific rationale, explain and support the potential for transformative impacts on science or engineering research, research training, education or broader impacts, and provide a convincing explanation of why the project is not suitable for other NSF programs or solicitations.

Keywords: engineering, innovation, interdisciplinary, cyber

Notes: Before developing a proposal intended for this program, investigators are strongly encouraged to discuss their ideas with the cognizant program officer associated with the CESER program to ensure that CESER is the appropriate venue for the proposal.

Solicitation: PD 17-7684

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